Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus (2015) grommet replacement?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by jelichek, Jan 12, 2018 at 1:02 PM.

  1. jelichek

    jelichek Semi-Pro

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    I see that the grommet strips from throat to head differ between sides. One for 12 holes and the other 13 and the next pieces up 8 and 9. I'm assuming this has to do with the whole woofer thing. I'd compare to what was in there but they were so bad I just ripped them out. Who knew! Which goes with what and does it matter which side is which? Thanks!
     
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  2. Wes

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    It does matter (because the grommets are asymmetrical).

    With the frame & grommets in front of me, it's easy to figure out how they need to go in.
    Without them in front of me, it's a bigger headache to visualize.

    Here's a shred of guidance...
    Lay the frame on a table so that the word "Babolat", at the top/inside of the hoop, is right side up (this typically means the logo on the buttcap will likely be right side up as well, but isn't guaranteed).
    Looking at the frame this way, you'll then see that the marked location for the top cross tie-off will be on the RIGHT side of the frame (near the "t" in the word "Babolat").

    Now... keeping in mind that the END of the top cross will be on the RIGHT side of the frame, carefully visualize exactly how those 19 cross strings are going to serpentine their way through the frame (or, if your not good at visualizing, actually route some string loosely through all the holes in the frame where the crosses will be going).

    The reason for this is...
    you will want the short sections of cross string (on the OUTSIDE of the frame) to be connecting the adjacent grommet pieces TOGETHER. Install the corresponding grommet pieces to make this happen.

    If you do it incorrectly, the various pieces won't get connected to each other (if memory serves... there are 8 pieces around the hoop + the small independent throat piece).

    Next time, take note before removing grommets.

    Best of luck.
     
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    I think I recall the grommets being numbered
     
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    I think I recall the grommets being numbered
     
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    I think I recall the grommets being numbered
     
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    What a system that it is. Grommets successfully installed. Thanks for your help!
     
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    To that point, and I don’t know for sure this is the case for the frame in question...but i just did grommets in a Pure Aero lite. The side grommets were labeled ‘R’ and ‘L.’ Which is better than nothing, but not fool proof. (Make sure the racquet is oriented right side up - with the top cross tie off to the upper right).
     
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